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Old November 27th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Any advice on saving my snow tires?

So story goes, I bought a pretty sick set of snow tires 2 winters ago. Pretty much only rode them for 3-4 months on my steelies n caps out the year because I rode slammed all the time with my dd being my motorcycle. Anyway, this year I decided to revert back to stock, sold my rims suspension all the goods with the intentions of selling my car. The right offer never rolled around so I had my winter set on since July to sell with the car. so my gf drove it around with her friends, drove to Florida, and what not.

So now it's November /december and there is still a substantial amount of tread left and it snowed today and I could barely grip the road. I nearly t-boned a state trooper as my brakes locked up and skid a few dozen feet. So right now I'm thinking CRAP!! That's not good.

Does anyone have any ideas of trying to salvage my snow tires? I would like to get through the winter with the intention to get thru to spring
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Old November 27th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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Just out of curiosity how much snow?
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Old November 27th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Umm 1-2 inches but there was also some black ice. It's only end of November and I snowboard a lot so I will be in areas where there is up to several inches of snow
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Umm 1-2 inches but there was also some black ice. It's only end of November and I snowboard a lot so I will be in areas where there is up to several inches of snow
Snow tires arent gonna do **** for ice, unless they are studded. Once they get down to about 6/32" of tread they are useless
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How many /32" remaining and what brand and model tire?
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Old November 27th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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well they WERE studded
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Old November 27th, 2012, 10:34 PM   #7
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Yeah ice is a bastard lol. I'm up in Tahoe and local ski spots every year. Tahoe isn't too bad most of the time but the local spots usually have half a foot of snow everyday but a good set of all season falkens get me through without trouble.
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Your GF drove on studded winter tires at highway speeds to FL from NY during the summer? That doesn't seem like a good idea.
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so my gf drove it around with her friends, drove to Florida, and what not.
Because of this, I'd say they're toast regardless of what your tread depth is.
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Your GF drove on studded winter tires at highway speeds to FL from NY during the summer? That doesn't seem like a good idea.
^This.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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Snow tires arent gonna do **** for ice, unless they are studded. Once they get down to about 6/32" of tread they are useless
My studless snow tires have done quite well on ice. Only time they have not worked is in about 6" of slush when the snow started to melt a few years ago.

To OP, I know this thread is a little old, but check if the studs are still there. You may need to get them re studded. Also, buy a set of chains. Most places if you don't use them, you can return them. I buy a set in fall and return them in spring.
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Chains offer a good alternative if you don't want to spend a few hundred on snow/winter tires but if you travel long distances, I would suggest winter tires and take them off for spring season.
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Toss them in the trash, no telling how hard they've got from the heat and how ****ed up the studs did to the tread now. Also you are either driving too fast or your tires are totally shot, can't salvage them. (Assuming you were driving on snow and not ice)
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